Canada: 100,000 Signatures to Prime Minister - Urge Hu to Stop the Persecution of Falun Gong (Photos)
(Clearwisdom.net) On the eve of Chinese president Hu Jintao's visit, a letter signed by more than 100,000 Canadians was delivered to Canadian Prime Minister Martin. The letter requested Martin to urge Hu to stop the persecution of Falun Gong in China during their meeting.
During the past two weeks or so, practitioners from Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa have repeatedly come to Canadian Capitol Hill, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Citizenship and Immigration to raise awareness of the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong by holding anti-torture exhibitions and collecting signatures. Meanwhile, practitioners have been holding various activities in all major Canadian cities to clarify the truth of the persecution.
MP Kilgour signs letter to Prime Minister
Anti-torture exhibition on Parliament Hill attracts media attention
A Canadian signing the letter
According to local practitioners, many Canadians were shocked by the brutal persecution against good people after watching the anti-torture exhibitions. From the bottoms of their hearts, some even in tears, a lot people told practitioners that the Canadian government should take immediate action, and such a persecution should not have lasted for one day.
Besides the general public, many MPs also wrote to the Prime Minister calling for an end to the persecution. They include Scott Reid, Libby Davies, Rob Anders, Peter Julian, Bill Siksay, Pierre Poilievre, Tony Martin and Alexa McDonough. A Catholic Bishop, Peter R. Coffin, also wrote to the Prime Minister urging the government to take the responsibility to end the persecution.
Chinese-origin Canadians' View on Patriotism
Chinese Embassies and Consulates in Canada have used various means including money and gifts to organize local Chinese residents and students to "welcome" Hu. Regarding this issue, the reporter interviewed Falun Gong practitioner Li Xiaoce who was present at the exhibition site.
Ms. Li said: "Overseas Chinese should know what real patriotism is. It is very normal for overseas Chinese to welcome the Chinese president. However, it is really a shame for Chinese officials to buy overseas Chinese for welcoming the visiting Hu, and for overseas Chinese to comply with the officials. If overseas Chinese really want a strong and promising China, they should have the courage to let the president learn the truth, and to hear people's voices and wishes. Only if everyone from the top leader to the general pubic has a healthy mentality, can a country really grow to prosperity."
"The Chinese Communist Party's persecution against the belief in 'Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance' is the most serious issue in the world. The persecution is a planned campaign to eliminate humanity's fundamental belief and conscience. Without belief and morality, the society will become a den of evil in which humans can't survive. The practitioners' appeal is not against Hu's visit. They just want to let Hu know the truth and urge him to take the right action to make meaningful contributions to China, the general public and human welfare."
Montreal practitioner Yanyu Gao said: "China is not the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). We hope that China will develop prosperity, however the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong is a crime against China, all Chinese and all human beings. During Hu's visit to Canada, we hope that he can see the truth and consequently stop the persecution."